Mental Health Aspects of Intellectual/Developmental Disabilities
Professional Development Series

The Center for START Services’ Mental Health Aspects of Intellectual/Developmental Disabilities (MHIDD) Professional Development Series is designed to build expertise in professionals through evidence-based instruction and best practices. Thse courses are targeted to specific roles within human service delivery to enhance the ability to provide effective services for people with IDD and mental health needs.

Target audience for current virtual course offerings:  Mobile Crisis Responders, Care Coordinators/Managers, and Direct Support Professionals.

The MHIDD Professional Development Series course instruction is provided by experts in the field from both professional and lived experience perspectives. Methods include adult learning and core START principles including:

  • Strengths-based practices
  • Positive psychology
  • Wellness-based
  • Biopsychosocial
  • Trauma-Informed
  • Cultural competence
  • Person and family centered

As an evidence-based model, START utilizes the data and feedback from participant evaluations to continuously improve the format, content, and delivery of the courses to best meet learners' needs.

All MHIDD courses have the following shared attributes:

  • Six (6) live sessions facilitated via Zoom;
  • Each session is 105 minutes: 75 minutes of instruction followed by 30 minutes of facilitated interactive dialogue
  • Facilitated by expert CSS staff with decades of experience in IDD-MH; the perspective of persons with lived experience/family members is represented through guest speakers & co-facilitators
  • Sessions are recorded and are accessible to course participants following each session.
  • Offered twice a year (Fall & Spring cohorts)
  • Additional materials targeted toward improved application of practices provided include: worksheets, articles, and other resources.
  • Courses involve pre and post surveys as well as session evaluations.
  • UNH CEUs offered
  • Certificate of Completion in IDD-MH Training for [Mobile Crisis Responders/Care Coordinators/Direct Support Professionals]

Course for Direct Support Professionals - Next Course Begins November 2, 2021

This live, 6-session course gives Direct Support Professionals (DSPs) the knowledge, skills, and resources needed to provide individuals with IDD and mental health service needs (IDD-MH) positive, person-centered, strengths and wellness-based supports and services. The course facilitators will demonstrate how the information reviewed during session can be applied in the day-to-day support of people with IDD-MH.

Who should participate?

  • Direct Support Professionals (both MH and IDD)
  • Functional Support Specialists (both MH and IDD)
  • Residential/AFL/home care providers & staff
  • Day habilitation & residential supervisors

Participants who attend all 6 sessions of this course will receive a Center for START Services Certificate of Completion  and 0.75 CEUs from the University of New Hampshire.

Registration fee is $149 per person. 

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Course for Care Coordinators & Case Managers - Next Course Begins October 11, 2021

This live 6-week online course is designed to improve knowledge for care coordinators and case managers to successfully support children and adults with IDD and mental health service needs and their families. Speakers will include family members and people with lived experiences along with experts in the field. Dr. Joan B. Beasley will demonstrate how the information provided can be applied to improve the ability of care coordinators/case managers to identify service and support needs, and monitor outcomes for individuals and their families.

Who should participate?

  • Managed Care Organization (MCO) Care Coordinators
  • Case managers/Service coordinators
  • Case management/service coordination supervisors & directors
  • Program managers & training managers/coordinators
  • Intake & intervention support specialists

Participants who attend all 6 sessions of this course will receive a Center for START Services Certificate of Completion  and 0.75 CEUs from the University of New Hampshire.

Registration fee is $299 per person. 

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Course for Mobile Crisis Responders - Next course will be offered in Spring 2022

This live 6-week online course offers the expert training and support needed to develop expertise in providing effective crisis supports to people with intellectual/developmental disability and mental health needs (MH/IDD). Topics address best practices in crisis assessment, response strategies, and disposition recommendations. 

Who should participate?

  • Mobile Crisis Responders, Clinicians & Supervisors
  • Mental Health and/or IDD Case Managers /Service Coordinators
  • Emergency Services Clinicians

Participants who attend all 6 sessions of this course will receive a Center for START Services Certificate of Completion for MHIDD Mobile Crisis Response Training and 0.75 CEUs from the University of New Hampshire (CEUs are available for individual sessions).

Registration fee is $149 per person.